Six Ways A DUI Can Hurt You
Many people do not think of drunk driving as a crime. But it is technically a criminal offense, and the criminal consequences are just the tip of the iceberg.
A DUI conviction can touch virtually every facet of your life – your work, your personal life, your finances and your future. That is why it is so important to hire quality legal counsel to assert your rights and defenses.
Don’t let a DUI arrest ruin your life.
The skilled and experienced DUI defense attorneys at Ryan Beasley Law can help you beat the charges or limit the damage. Call our Greenville office today at (864) 679-7777.
The Many And Long-Lasting Consequences Of A DUI Conviction
These are not even all of the consequences of a DUI, but this list should be long enough to convince you to take your defense seriously.
- Jail time – South Carolina mandates jail time of two to 30 days for a first-time DUI, with additional days in jail for higher levels of intoxication. Repeat DUIs or aggravating factors can trigger a jail sentence of months or years.
- Driving privileges – For a first DUI, your license will be suspended for at least six months. A second DUI carries a full-year suspension. If you are eligible for a restricted permit, you can drive only to work.
- Fines and court costs – You could be fined $400 to $1,000 for a first-time DUI and as much as $10,000 for a third offense. Under Emma’s Law, anyone convicted of DUI (even first offenders) must have an ignition interlock device installed on their vehicle at their own expense – $1,000 for initial setup plus more than $100 a month for monitoring.
- Insurance – You will have to purchase SR-22 auto insurance before your license can be reinstated. Your auto insurance rates will skyrocket if you are convicted of DUI or plead guilty.
- Employment – Your current employer can lawfully fire you for getting a DUI. A drunk driving conviction will show up on background checks and job applications, closing many doors of opportunity.
- Education – We have defended many college students charged with DUI. Some schools will not take new students who have a DUI on their record. If convicted while attending college, you could be expelled or placed on suspension. It could cost you scholarships and financial aid eligibility. You could face barriers to certain careers.
The list goes on. Security clearance. Professional licenses. Personal relationships. Volunteer positions. Status in the community. The punishment may feel disproportionate to the offense, but these are the realities you may have to deal with if you are charged with driving under the influence.
Our Goal Is To Protect You From The Worst Consequences
You cannot escape the consequences of DUI by pleading guilty. But you might be able to avoid the harshest penalties and limit the collateral consequences by fighting a DUI. We will examine all your defenses to get your case dismissed or the charges reduced. We are prepared to defend you in court to prevent a DUI from ruining your life.